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This grill of a Ram truck is on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show on Feb. 15, 2018. The Department of Justice released new details of a settlement with engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. on Wednesday that includes a mandatory recall of 600,000 Ram trucks. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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The James H. Miller Jr. Electric Generating Plant in Adamsville, Alabama is a coal-fired facility. In 2023 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions declined 1.9% because less of the country's electricity came from plants like this one. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. cut climate pollution in 2023, but not fast enough to limit global warming

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Residents in southern Malawi repair a home destroyed by heavy rain from Cyclone Freddy. Climate change is causing cyclones and hurricanes to get more intense and dangerous. Thoko Chikondi/AP hide caption

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Cut emissions quickly to save lives, scientists warn in a new U.N. report

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5 New Year's resolutions to reduce your carbon footprint

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Earth's atmosphere photographed from the International Space Station. Greenhouse gases have accumulated rapidly and are trapping extra heat in the atmosphere. It will take decades for the gases to break down naturally or be reabsorbed on Earth's surface. Expedition 28 Crew/International Space Station/NASA hide caption

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Carbon Emissions Could Plummet. The Atmosphere Will Lag Behind

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Vehicles drive on highway I-94 in St. Paul, Minn., on Nov. 7, 2020. A recent report from the International Energy Agency said emissions fell across most parts of the economy, with one notable exception: SUVs. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, looks on during a news conference Thursday at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ford Motor Co., BMW, Honda and Volkswagen received letters from the Justice Department about a deal they entered with California earlier this year for reducing vehicle emissions. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The top science adviser to the EPA, Michael Honeycutt, has been the lead toxicologist for the state of Texas since 2003. Texas cities, including Houston, have struggled for decades with some of the worst air quality in the country. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Top EPA Science Adviser Has History Of Questioning Pollution Research

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Seeking to cut greenhouse gas emissions in California by 40 percent by 2030, state regulators have approved a plan that offers incentives for truck and bus fleets to go green. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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California's New Climate Plan Uses Incentives To Cut Vehicle Emissions

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Wind turbines provide energy in Egypt's Sinai Desert. Helping developing countries harness energy from the wind is one of the Green Climate Fund's goals. Anton Petrus/Getty Images hide caption

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